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Working on the Backbone Trail on January 25th
Scraping slough is dusty work when we've had so little rain!

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

News from the CORBA Website Blog

CORBA’s Kids Club has been bringing families with a common interest in cycling for the past three years. Kids Club rides are tailored to giving kids and their parent/s a great outdoor experience, and sharing that experience with other families. The rides are easy, fun, and we like to include some...
By Mark LangtonAs CORBA’s president for the past two years it has been my honor to represent the interests of  backcountry trail users in the common goal of cooperative shared use open space trails.As of January 27 I  resigned my position as president, but will continue to act as secretary as wel...
GGR: Girlz Gone Riding, is proud to say we have now reached over 500 members! We now are able to attend cycling events and represent with our own booth! The booth was 100% funded by the GGR members. We had an online fund raising campaign to pay for the booth. It’s amazing what you can accomplish ...
On February 16, we’ll be heading back up to work on Strawberry Peak trail.Drainage in need of repairThe trail is still closed to public use, and while much work has been completed, there is still much more to be done. Our goal is to get the classic Colby Trail/Strawberry Peak trail loop in good e...
Sixteen CORBA volunteers and five from the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council returned to the Backbone Trail between Latigo Canyon Road and Newton Motorway to continue with the work we started in November. Then, we mostly installed and cleaned drainage nicks on the steepest, rockiest, most ero...
CORBA’s web- and email-based news publication, the eTerraTimes, will be only published every other month, starting in February 2014. Future important messages will be sent by email, rather than using the eTerraTimes to distribute them. The purpose of this change it to reduce the workload on the v...
Join CORBA on a rare Sunday workday as we fix up CORBA’s adopted trail, Space Mountain (Los Robles Trail West) in Thousand Oaks. We’ll be doing treadwork - clearing silt out of the drainages - starting at the top and working back down. This is a favorite mountain biking trail, especially in the w...
The first Skills Clinic Skills Clinic of 2014 took place today at Malibu Creek State Park under a sunny but slightly cool sky. The group was made up of 19 riders and one patient young woman who waited as her son completed the class on her bike. You can see the photos in the December 2014 photo ga...
During Topanga Creek Bicycle’s Black Friday sale, the shop charged $100 extra on any new bike sale, then turned around and gave CORBA $300. Nice!For 2014 we are going to be partnering with local shops in and around the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for morning fun rides.  Our fi...
The January edition of CORBA’s monthly newsletter, the eTerraTimes, was published today, January 2nd. If you don’t get it by email, you can view it online.As always, the eTerraTimes has all the latest news for mountain bikers in the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding areas.Bookmark ItHide Sit...

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A Message from CORBA’s President by Mark Langton


Steve Messer

As CORBA’s president for the past two years it has been my honor to represent the interests of  backcountry trail users in the common goal of cooperative shared use open space trails.

As of January 27 I  resigned my position as president, but will continue to act as secretary as well as being on the board of directors. I felt that it was time to allow new and fresh leadership to guide CORBA moving forward. I am happy and very excited to announce that CORBA’s vice president Steve Messer has accepted the nomination to president. Steve brings an incredible wealth of volunteer experience with the Angeles National Forest mountain bike patrol and trail crew, as well as heading up trail work with CORBA’s trail crew. As a CORBA board member for the past four years Steve has written numerous documents pertaining to a variety of shared use trail issues. I have every confidence that Steve will completely represent CORBA’s interests at the various land management and public meetings that we attend on a monthly basis.

I can assure you that that this transition will be seamless and will not effect the operation of CORBA in any way, except to reinforce our resolve to keep pressing to gain as much access to our public trails as possible. Onward!

Seeking Ride Leaders for CORBA's Kids Club

Got kids? Want to ride? CORBA’s Kids Club has been bringing families with a common interest in cycling for the past three years. Kids Club rides are tailored to giving kids and their parent/s a great outdoor experience, and sharing that experience with other families. The rides are easy, fun, and we like to include some interpretive component, talking about the wildlife and plants, our public lands and the trails themselves.

We’d also like to extend our sincere thanks and best wishes to Kat Ross, who has spearheaded the Kids Club since its inception three years ago. We are looking for a few volunteers with kids of their own who would like to organize and lead Kids Club rides for other parents and their kids. Ideally. we’d like to have Kids Club rides at least four times per year in different locations in the Santa Monica Mountains and beyond. If you’re interested in leading a ride and meeting other families with similar interests, please email info@corbamtb.com, and let us know.

eTerraTimes Publication to Become Bimonthly

This web- and email-based publication, the eTerraTimes, will be only published every other month from now on. Future important messages will be sent by email, rather than using the eTerraTimes to distribute them. The purpose of this change it to reduce the workload on the volunteers who put this newsletter together.



    A recent Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you like to join us too?

Recreational Rides

For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA Calendar.

Upcoming Rides: Visit our Meetup Calendar to see all the rides and other activities!

CORBA’s Club Rides calendar provides a full monthly schedule of mountain bike rides for all skill levels. Mountain bike rides are organized by CORBA member clubs and led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Recreational rides are a fun and social way to experience a variety of trails in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and beyond.


Upcoming Trailwork

For many years, most trailwork has been done by volunteers because of budget cutbacks at our parks systems. So come out and help CORBA and other volunteers keep our trails in top riding shape! You can learn more about what to expect and what you'll need to bring with you on our Trailwork web page. Keep in mind that CORBA now provides prizes and lunch after the event for volunteers who register in advance! And by registering in advance, you'll help us prepare by knowing how many volunteers to expect. If you come out to two or more trailwork days in a year, we'll give you a cool long-sleeved CORBA trail crew shirt - be sure to ask for yours!

Children must be over 7-years old to attend, and children under 14 must be constantly and directly supervised by their parent or guardian who brought them.

February 16, 2014: Strawberry Peak. For full details and to register, see our registration page.

February 23, 2014: Space Mountain (Los Robles Trail West) in Thousand Oaks. CORBA will be having a rare Sunday work day to complete work on the switchbacks of Space Mountain. We'll be doing treadwork, installing/cleaning drainage nicks and removing slough. For full details and to register, see our registration page.

March 22, 2014: COSCA Spring Trailwork Day. We don't yet know exactly what work we'll be doing, but we expect to be working on a new trail somewhere in Thousand Oaks on this annual work day, so save the date!

April 25 - 27, 2014: Annual Santa Monica Mountains Trailwork Days in Point Mugu State Park. Plan to help fix up the trails in Sycamore Canyon on Saturday and/or Sunday, win great swag and, if you want, camp overnight at Danielson Multipurpose Area. We'll post more details as we learn them.

To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups, visit the CORBA trailwork calendar.

Join our mailing list to get updates on trailwork opportunities!
Send an email to Trailwork-Volunteers+subscribe@corbamtb.com


General News

Sullivan Canyon Pipeline Work Begins January 6; Trail to be closed during work hours

Starting January 6 and lasting for about 8 weeks, the north end of the Sullivan Canyon Trail will be closed during weekdays so that Southern California Gas Co can perform maintenance on their pipelines. Since 1960, Southern California Gas Company has owned much of the land that comprises Sullivan Canyon (more than 4 miles in length). This property is used as a corridor for two transmission pipelines that provide Los Angeles residents with a safe and reliable supply of natural gas. For full details, see the press release in our blog...

 


Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday February 1st is the next skills clinic.

The CORBA free skills clinic is held on the first Saturday of every month at Malibu Creek State Park.

Mountain biking is a lot like tennis or skiing. Just a few minor adjustments in technique can make a huge difference in your control and proficiency. If you want to get better faster, you need to know the fundamentals of mountain biking technique. Whether you're just  getting into mountain biking or have been riding for years, you'll learn some valuable tips from our Introduction to Mountain Biking  skills class that is offered each month. Check out our Skills Clinic web page for all the information. After the clinic, see photos of your new skills on the CORBA web site that you can share with your family and friends!


Follow CORBA on Meetup, Twitter and Facebook

We have set up accounts with Twitter and Facebook to help keep people informed of the latest developments in our trail advocacy, recreational rides and trailwork days. Join our events on Meetup meetup.com/CORBAmtb and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CORBAmtb and Facebook at facebook.com/CORBAMTB.

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Join Our Team! Do you have any ideas about mountain biking recreation in the L.A. region? Would you like to apply your skills and manage projects that contribute to the sport and lifestyle that you love? Is there an advocate in you? We are recruiting motivated individuals who work well with others. Send an email to info@corbamtb.com or come to a monthly Members Meeting to find out more about what we do and how you can help. Check the calendar for the next meeting.

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